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Liberia Proclaims December 1st Holiday

Source: Liberia Broadcasting System (Monrovia)
Posted: Monday, November 30, 2009

Liberia's President, Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf, has proclaimed Tuesday, December 1, 2009, as World AIDS Day, and has declared the day to be observed across the country as a working holiday.

The declaration of a working holiday to commemorate UN observance days is a recent trend in Liberia (2009-09-21).

President Sirleaf also declared Sunday, November 29, 2009, a national non-working public holiday, in observance of the 114th birthday of Liberia's eighteenth President, William V.S. Tubman. A later Foreign Ministry release has added that, since November 29, 2009, falls on Sunday, the non-working public holiday is to be formally observed on Monday, November 30, 2009.

As per Liberian law (the "Patriotic Observances Law", Title 26, Liberian Code of Laws of 1956), fixed-date public holidays that fall on a Sunday are not meant to be compensated by a day in lieu public holiday on the following Monday. However, in the past, this has often been done on an ad hoc basis, often at the last minute (2009-07-20, 2009-03-14 and 2008-08-23).

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